2017 Best Private High Schools in Pittsburgh Metro
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The 2017 Best Private High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents. Ranking factors include SAT/ACT scores, the quality of colleges that students consider, student-teacher ratio, private school ratings, and more. Data sourced from the U.S. Department of Education, Niche users, and the schools directly.
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Sewickley Academy is honestly one of the top schools of the nation! My children have thrived in its welcoming and supportive atmosphere which greatly encourages students to take risks in every area. The teachers are always more than willing to take time outside of class to help students if they need it. Not to mention, the small class sizes allow for a more individualized classroom experience. Furthermore, the athletic teams, which go on to win many championships, are always open to new players, even without prior experience. The arts include a wonderful chorus, band, and strings which all help out in the making of the biannual musicals in which kids are guaranteed participation if they want. Plus, there is a wide variety of clubs which satisfies the interests of most kids. SA also has other enriching programs such as the Global Studies Program which values international exposure. Above all, the classes are very rigorous and, because of them, my son claims that college is a breeze. All in all, Sewickley Academy is a great school!
- Sewickley, PA
- 100 reviews
More about Sewickley Academy
Although the course work is advanced, as are many of the students, competition is not cut throat. The teachers consistently improve the courses, and embrace the 'maker' mentality with projects in many courses. The work isn't merely for cover photos as in some schools. The projects are often more sophisticated than at many colleges.
- Pittsburgh, PA
- 10 reviews
More about Winchester Thurston School
I am grateful that I sent my daughter to this school. Almost all of the students are hardworking and focused. They are also respectful. The school required students to participate in extra-curricular activities. Even if the student is not great at a sport for example, he or she is given the chance to play. My daughter is excelling in college because curriculum is rigorous but based on the ability of the student. She knows how to manage her time between school work and extra curricular activities. Tuition is also reasonable compared to other private schools.
- Pittsburgh, PA
- 37 reviews
More about Vincentian Academy
Oakland Catholic may have its flaws, but they aren't flaws that cannot be fixed. Overall, I am so unbelivably lucky to attend this school. I can focus on my studies more than anything else, and I have made friends that will last a lifetime. My relationship with God and my faith have grown tremendously through mission trips I've attended through Oakland Catholic.
- Pittsburgh, PA
- 233 reviews
More about Oakland Catholic High School
For me personally, the school gave me a good opportunity to fulfill both my academic and extracurricular needs. The teachers genuinely care about you and will don't just about anything to help you improve in their classes. The classes are very small, so all the students in every grade are a part of a sort of tight-knit community. The only thing that I would have changed was the lack of diversity in the school.
- Pittsburgh, PA
- 22 reviews
More about Eden Christian Academy
Overall I love the school. I feel it was the best choice for high school for both of my children. I do not mind the uniform for them, I feel like it is much easier than deciding every morning what to wear. Everyone looks the same, no one is singled out. I feel like the school has helped mostly when I had an issue when my child was struggling, but at the same time they could have looked into the issue with certain subjects and teachers more. Overall I would most definitely recommend the school to anyone who may be struggling with choosing the best option for their child/children. They have so many activities that students and parents can participate in and they try to involve everyone.
- Coraopolis, PA
- 46 reviews
More about Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School
The teachers in both the old building and the new school were dedicated. If your education means a lot to you and you are focused you will do well. All the teachers have always been available for extra help and want you to succeed. You will get a good education here. The culture of the school has changed with the move to the new building and it seems that all the old traditions have been tossed aside. Especially during the last year on Troy Hill. It seems a catholic education is not what is important to these new families and other things take priority. The school has become very cliquey and a bit snobby. The future of this school in regard to education is going to be great. But it will be nothing like North Catholic, it is just a new private school.
- Cranberry Township, PA
- 44 reviews
More about Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School